Ines Malone ’19: “On the Field, in the Stands, and on the Page: Enacting Masculinity in Spain’s Soccer Stadiums” – April 18, 2017

We begin with the premise that fútbol is more than just a game: it is a proving ground for Spanish masculinity; it denotes political preferences; it is proxy warfare with nationalistic undertones; it is barely-concealed ethnic bias, sexism, homophobia. Using spatial geography and a closer look at the Spanish graphic novel Fútbol by Pablo Ríos and Santiago García and the international anti-homophobia Rainbow Laces campaign, we make a tentative first step in understanding how a country like Spain, among the first of the European Union to legalize gay marriage, combats the stadium as a microcosm of regression. We suggest that the stadium is a privileged space for the performance of hypermasculinity and discuss who is knocking on the closed “closet” of the soccer stadium.

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